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Why your car needs servicing

Why your car needs servicing

It’s more important than ever to get your car serviced regularly. Many New Zealand vehicles now only need a Warrant of Fitness once a year instead of every six months, so taking ownership of the performance, safety and wellbeing of your motor vehicle really does rest with you. Here, the experts from Auto Super Shoppes explain why seeing your mechanic less often isn’t necessarily a good thing – and what you can do to keep your car at its best.

Prevention is better than cure and this is no less true when it comes to your vehicle’s performance. If you ignore regular car servicing, you’ll most likely end up with part failure. That means more expensive repair bills, not to mention the inconvenience of having your car out of action.

Even if you think your vehicle drives and runs well, getting your car’s health and safety checked ensures all the moving parts are working correctly, the lubricants are doing their job and nothing is damaging your engine. Getting your car serviced regularly is the best way to keep you on the road safely and reliably, and lower the cost of your repair bills. 

When should I take my vehicle to my mechanic?

All vehicles need a Warrant of Fitness (WoF) either every 6 months (if older than the year 2000) or every 12 months (if younger than the year 2000). A Warrant of Fitness inspection will cost you around $45 (prices do vary across the country) but it’s money well spent to ensure your vehicle is safe and compliant on New Zealand’s roads.

To keep your vehicle running well, you should take it for a service at least once every 12 months or 6 months if it’s diesel powered. If you’re travelling more than 10,000km a year, we’d recommend bringing your car to Auto Super Shoppes every 6 months because more kays mean more wear and tear on your vehicle.

These regular services will ensure your tyres are fit for the road, your brakes are safe and your fluids are clean and sufficient to lubricate your vehicle’s moving parts.

You may need to visit your mechanic more regularly if your vehicle is telling you it’s not running right. If a service light is illuminated on the dash, or there are other tell-tail signs such as difficulty starting the engine or a change in how your vehicle sounds, get in touch with your mechanic for their expert advice.  Failing to do so may mean the problem will get worse and you’ll need to pay more to eventually get it fixed. Get on to it early so you don’t end up stranded on the road.  

A car service is not a Warrant of Fitness

Even if your car has aced its Warrant of Fitness inspection, you should still take it in for its regular service. That’s because these two services serve different purposes.
A WoF is something you have to do by law. It ensures your vehicle is fit to be driven on the road. During these inspections, your mechanic will check specific parts of your vehicle to ensure they’re safe. The New Zealand Transport Agency lists these checkpoints for a Warrant of Fitness:

  • Tyre condition, including tread depth
  • Brakes
  • Structural condition, such as checking for rust in certain areas
  • Lights
  • Glazing (checking the windscreen is safe)
  • Windscreen washers and wipers
  • Doors (do they open and close safely?)
  • Safety belts (must not be damaged or overly faded; buckles must work properly)
  • Airbags (if fitted)
  • Speedometer (must be working)
  • Steering and suspension (must be safe and secure)
  • Exhaust (there must be no leaks and the exhaust must not be smoky or louder than the original exhaust system)
  • Fuel system (there must be no leaks)

On the other hand, a car service checks that your mechanical parts are in good working order and compliments the safety inspection of a WoF. While not required by law, a service ensures your mechanic checks those things not listed on the WoF inspection checklist. It also will keep your vehicle in good, reliable condition and helps to avoid costly repairs.

At Auto Super Shoppes our typical vehicle service will include:

  • Cleaning out old engine oil
  • Adding new top-of-the-line oil and changing the air filter
  • Checking the radiator and coolant levels
  • Checking the health of the battery
  • Checking power steering
  • Topping up windscreen washer
  • Checking differential levels
  • Checking the gearbox and transmission levels
  • All wheels removed, checked and adjusted
  • Checking the tyre pressure
  • CV Boots and more …

Car servicing costs vary between stores, but you’re always welcome to book a service and receive a quote for friendly advice.

All Auto Super Shoppes can check your vehicle’s health and safety, including your tyres, brakes, battery and fluid levels. There may be a small charge for this that is less than a WoF inspection. You’ll have peace of mind that your car is running well, and receive a quality report on the state of your vehicle. 

Auto Super Shoppes is a chain of premium automotive repair centres located conveniently around New Zealand. In fact, there are more than 70 locations so there’s bound to be one near you. “If you enjoy receiving good value for money and honesty with car servicing, carried out by qualified technicians, you’ll certainly enjoy an Auto Super Shoppe experience,” says chief executive Jayne Lawson. “We’re big on customer service and adding worth back to you as a valued customer, fixing all makes and models, so we hope to hear from you soon.” Find out more about Auto Super Shoppes.

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